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    Wheelin' Sportsmen Archery Deer Hunt

    Hunt Days: Nov. 1,2,3, 2016

    More information.

  • Annual Pass

    America the Beautiful Passes Sold Here

    Planning a trip? A Federal Parks Pass may save you money. Call 973-702-7266 x 10 for availability.


  • Buck

    New Hunting Opportunities Added

    Many changes will be implemented in 2016. Link below for detailed information and how to apply.

    Hunting on Wallkill River NWR

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

Winter Raptor Event

Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge hosts many free public events throughout the year, including hiking, fishing, bird watching, and kayaking as well as various children’s programs. Check out all of our upcoming events on the events calendar.

Events Calendar

Meet Our Friends

Meet Our Friends

Friends Group Members pose with Blue Goose

The Friends of Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge is an independent non-profit association founded in 2006. The operations and activities are managed by an all volunteer board of directors. The purpose of the Friends of Wallkill River is to support the mission of the Refuge through promotion of environmental stewardship, biological programs, environmental education, recreational activities, land acquisition and habitat management and enhancement. For more information, visit their website or contact:


About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.

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What's Happening

  • A Time for Monarchs

    Caterpillar on Leaf

    Late summer is usually when you can find Monarch butterflys without much difficulty. However, in recent years their numbers have been declining rapidly due to a number of factors. These include vulnerability on their wintering grounds in Mexico and loss of habitat on their North American breeding grounds due to increasing use of herbicides in large scale agriculture operations. Here on the refuge we are doing our part to protect Monarchs and their habitat. Many of our old farm fields have significant stands of Common Milkweed which is the primary host plant for Monarchs. These fields are managed to keep them as open flowering meadows that provide many host plant and nectaring sources for resident and migrating Monarchs and many other species of butterflys.

  • New Law Enforcement Hot Line Number

    Introducing the Division of Refuge Law Enforcement, National Wildlife Refuge System Turn In Poachers, or TIPs, hotline. Please contact this phone number to report any unlawful activities observed on the refuge. 1-844-FWS-TIPS (397-8477).

Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Sep 19, 2016
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